Maps of biomass dynamics support North American Carbon Program
Forest Service scientists and collaborators modeled live, aboveground tree biomass by using Forest Inventory and Analysis field data and applied the models to more than 20 years of Landsat satellite imagery to derive trajectories of aboveground forest biomass for study locations across the continental United States. Maps of biomass dynamics were integrated with maps depicting the location and timing of forest disturbance and regrowth to assess the biomass consequences of these processes over large areas and long timeframes.
These maps enable a first approximation of continental rates of biomass loss and accumulation as a result of forest disturbance and regrowth and can be used to support the North American Carbon Program. Scientists from a variety of universities and government agencies that model carbon dynamics are using this information. Policymakers and managers now have information to use in understanding how forest biomass has changed over the past 20 years to inform their decisions about how forest management affects biomass change today and in the future.
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